ASTORIA — Astoria will get plenty of Bavarian spirit this weekend with the neighborhood’s beer gardens planning on pig roasts, live music, beer tastings and Bavarian cuisine.
“We have many events throughout the year but Oktoberfest is our top celebration,” said Lubos Spacek, general manager of Bohemian Hall, one of Astoria’s more popular beer gardens.
Bohemian Hall (29-19 24th Ave.), which is also the city’s oldest beer garden, will kick off the traditional party by cooking pigs.
“We roast pigs only for Oktoberfest," said Spacek. "We will start roasting at noon and it will take all day.” Pigs will be roasted on both Saturday and Sunday. A generous chunk of pork with side dishes will cost $20, Spacek added.
There will also be live music, including a concert by Die Spitzbuam on Saturday and a performance by The Polka Brothers on Sunday.
The Oktoberfest celebrations at Bohemian Hall will last the entire week. Each day, the beer garden will host beer tastings, including a Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest tasting that will be combined with a sausage tasting on Tuesday (Oct. 2), and a Spaten Oktoberfest tasting on Thursday (Oct. 4).
Studio Square (35-33 36th St.), a large space with communal tables and more than 20 beers on tap, is also celebrating German-style this weekend.
“We’re doing $12 pitchers of all the Oktoberfest beers,” said Pete Mason, chief marketing officer. There will be six different Oktoberfest suds – Hofbrau, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulauer, Spaten, Sam Adams and Radeberger Altenmunster, he said.
“We’re also doing a lot of Bavarian specials,” Mason said, including chicken schnitzel and “The Wurst Special,” where all kinds of German sausages will cost $5.
Max Bratwurst und Bier (47-02 30th Ave.), a small beer hall serving authentic German cuisine, is offering Oktoberfest specials until Oct. 6.
Customers looking for some traditional dishes will be able to get a huge portion of Schweinshaxe – roasted pork knuckle. The dish, which is very popular in Bavaria, will cost $18. Other dishes on offer include Weisswurst Platte, a platter with traditional Bavarian white sausage made from veal and pork for $13.
Max Bratwurst also offers a $20 beer bucket which includes five different suds, including Oktoberfest varieties of Stoudt, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner, HB and Erdinger.